The Nigerian Army has said soldiers on special security operations in Kogi and Nasarawa states have rescued 700 persons kidnapped by terrorists.
The soldiers from 177 Guards Battalion, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, and the Command Army Records (CAR), Lokoja, Kogi State, with support from local vigilance groups, were also said to have killed several of the terrorists belonging to the Darusalam group.
The terrorists operating around the Kogi-Nasarawa boundary have been terrorising motorists, villagers and other road users for over eight years before they were rooted out. The soldiers also destroyed their camp in Ittu housing over 2,000 kidnappers and Boko Haram members.
The army said about 100 persons comprising mostly women and children, were rescued and taken to Lafia. Another 180 family members of the Darusalam group were captured at Achara in Tawari Ward in Kogi State.